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Flashpoints on the torch route

There were a number of clashes between pro-Tibet protesters and police as the Olympic torch made its way through London.


A number of arrests are made after protesters try to board the double-decker bus carrying the torch when it arrives at the stadium.


A protester rushes forward and tries to grab the flame from former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.

She manages to keep hold of the torch and two people are arrested.


Two activists are taken away by police after attempting to put the torch out with fire extinguishers.

The men, Martin Wyness and Ashley Darby, say in a statement the relay is a propaganda campaign by China to cover its "appalling human rights record".


The Chinese Ambassador to London, Fu Ying, carries the flame through Chinatown in an unpublicised change to her route.

She had been due to run near the British Museum but there were fears her presence could be a flashpoint for protesters.


At least 1,000 protesters gather opposite Downing Street where former Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis takes the flame.

Several demonstrators attempt to run towards the torch, some trying to jump the barriers which line the pavement.

Many are bundled to the floor by police, who were out on foot, on bicycles and mounted on horseback.

The crowd reacts noisily, booing and whistling and shouting their protests.


Police decide the torch should travel along Fleet Street to St Paul's Cathedral by bus, rather than held by a runner, after it is surrounded by a group of 100 protesters.

Flashpoints on torch route
1: Wembley 1030BST
2: Ladbroke Grove 1100
3: British Museum 1220
4: China Town 1230
5: Trafalgar Square 1250
6: Southbank Centre 1330
7: Somerset House 1415
8: St Paul's Cathedral 1430
9: Potter's Fields 1500
10: Whitechapel Road 1530
11: Stratford 1600
12: Canary Wharf 1700
13: North Greenwich 1800
Source: Mayor of London


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